MDRC Experts Presenting at National Conference on Reducing Poverty, July 30-August 2


The National Association of Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) is holding its Annual Workshop, “Moving Forward to Reduce Poverty, Increase Opportunity, and Improve Human Service Delivery,” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 30-August 2, 2017. A number of MDRC experts are scheduled to make presentations:

Reengaging Disconnected Youth: Implementation and Impact Findings from Three Interventions, Monday, July 31, 9:30-10:45 am

  • “Implementation Findings from Opportunity Works: A Back on Track Intervention to Help Opportunity Youth Achieve Postsecondary Success,” Theresa Anderson, Urban Institute

  • “Reengaging New York City’s Disconnected Youth through Work,” Melanie Skemer, MDRC

  • “Serving Disconnected Young Adults: Impact Evaluation of the @LIKE Program,” Mithuna Srinivasan and Sonam Gupta, IMPAQ International

  • Moderator: Carli Wulff, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Predictive Analytics in Social Welfare Policy: Modeling Child Welfare Outcomes, Monday, July 31, 9:30-10:45 am

  • “Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare,” Christopher Teixeira, CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare

  • “Using Predictive Risk Modeling to Inform Child Welfare Investigation Decisions,” Erin Dalton, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

  • “Using Big Data to Predict Infant Mortality in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania,” Fuchiang (Rich) Tsui, University of Pittsburgh

  • Moderator: Kristin Porter, MDRC

Using Data to Model and Predict Human Services Participation and Performance, Monday, July 31, 3:30-4:45 pm

  • “Modeling Family Budgets, Decision-Making, and Policy Reforms Using the Family Resource Simulator,” Seth Hartig, National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University

  • “New Evidence-Based Tools to Improve Performance of Public Assistance Programs: Developments from Collaborative Partnerships between the Census Bureau and State Agencies,” Joshua Mitchell, Mark Leach, Rachel Shattuck, U.S. Census Bureau

  • TANF Participation Rates among Eligible Families: Variations across States and Characteristics,” Linda Giannarelli, Urban Institute

  • “Using Predictive Analytics to Assess Risk and to Target and Refine Human Services,” Kristin Porter, MDRC

  • Moderator: Stuart Venzke, IBM

Employment Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Monday, July 31, 3:30-4:45 pm

  • Sara Goscha, Public Consulting Group

  • Cathy Anderson, Public Consulting Group

  • Madeline Wenzel, Jewish Vocational Services of Boston

  • Moderator: Bret Barden, MDRC

Assessing Risks and Protective Factors for Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare System Involvement, and Exits to Permanency, Tuesday, August 1, 9:30-10:45 am

  • “Risk Assessment Accuracy and Utility in Finding Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Effects,” Will Johnson, California State University, East Bay

  • “Child Welfare Reentry and Multi-System Involvement: Examining Cumulative Risk and Protective Factors,” Terry Shaw, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

  • “Investigating Foster Care Children with Foster Care Parents and Permanency,” Nick Kolupanowich, University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work

  • Moderator: Rekha Balu, MDRC

Improving Human Service Delivery by Building a State Workforce Development Policy, Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 am-12:15 pm

  • Kristin Abner, ICF

  • Bridget Brown, ICF

  • Dorothy Hall, Utah Department of Workforce Services

  • Moderator: Chloe Anderson, MDRC

Leveraging Technology and Behavioral Insights to Design Innovative Interventions, Tuesday, August 1, 11:00 am-12:15 pm

  • Caitlin Anzelone, MDRC

  • Rekha Balu, MDRC

  • Moderator: Stuart Venzke, IBM

Connecting Noncustodial Parents to Employment: The Value of Child Support Partnerships, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00-3:15 pm

  • Larry Desbien, Colorado Division of Child Support Services

  • Lauren Antelo, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, HHS

  • Bret Barden, MDRC

  • Asaph Glosser, MEF Associates

  • Jennifer Noyes, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • Moderator: Asaph Glosser, MEF Associates

Research Academy: Implementation Research in Randomized Controlled Trials, Tuesday, August 1, 2:00-3:15 pm

  • Carolyn Hill, MDRC

  • Rekha Balu, MDRC

  • Moderator: Mike Fishman, MEF Associates

Speed Sessions, Tuesday, August 1, 3:30-5:00 pm

  • “Predictive Modelling: What Is It and How Can it Help Me?” Kristin Porter and Richard Hendra, MDRC

Supporting Work for Income Assistance Recipients in California: Subsidized Employment and Work Readiness Strategies, Wednesday, August 2, 10:30-11:45 am

  • “Linking Work Readiness Activity to State Employment Data in Los Angeles County,” Jennifer Zogg, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services

  • “Promoting Self-Sufficiency through Subsidized Employment: The Evidence from San Francisco,” Yunsian Tai, San Francisco Human Services Agency

  • “Testing Three Subsidized Employment Approaches for TANF Recipients in California: Implementation and Impact Findings,” Chloe Anderson, MDRC

  • Moderator: Amelia Popham, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Learning from Leavers – Colorado’s New Survey of Former TANF Participants, Wednesday, August 2, 10:30-11:45 am

  • Rebecca Eaton, ICF

  • Shelley Osborn, ICF

  • Sarah Leopold, Colorado Department of Human Services

  • Candace Cadena, Colorado Department of Human Services

  • Moderator: Bret Barden, MDRC

Please, stop by our booth #4 to learn more about MDRC’s projects and the services we provide to human service agencies, pick up free copies of our publications, and learn about career opportunities at MDRC.